Reddit Has Almost 300 Million Active Users Who LOVE The Platform – Here’s Why You Need to Be Actively Marketing There NOW
LAST UPDATED: October 30, 2017
Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, recently released the following statistics: 270 million unique visitors/month, 13 billion pageviews/month, 12 minutes spent per site visit, 53% men, 47% women, and 87% under the age of 35. And it’s about to become a full-fledged social network.
From its inception until current day, Reddit has always been a place to share links. You can browse said links, up- or down-vote them, and discuss them. But Reddit just made a HUGE announcement. They’re creating user profiles, reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter, that will allow users to share posts/links directly to their own profiles. Reddit also announced that you will now be able to follow the profiles of different users. These moves mark a pivot for Reddit from the “front page of the Internet” to a true social network (and one that is larger than Pinterest and almost as big as Twitter).
So, now more than ever, you need to be marketing and sharing content on Reddit. At Wallaroo Media, we do a lot of content creation and content marketing. We always try to share content that we create on relevant subreddits. We’ve had pieces of content get hundreds of thousands of visits from Reddit by sharing them at the right time and the right place. Reddit can drive real results and impactful revenue. But you really need to know the ins and outs of the platform, the users and their behavior, and how to share content without devaluing your brand or getting a backlash from power Redditors. This post will teach you how…
How to Market on Reddit
The best place to start with Reddit marketing is by identifying the best subreddit for your content, and by doing keyword research on the platform.
Keyword Research on Reddit
Keyword research on Reddit can be an in-depth project that takes several hours. There are some nice shortcuts you can take. This piece is not meant to be an in-depth article on keyword research, so I will link to the piece I recommend on the subject, here. That link takes you to a nice 7-step Reddit keyword research process using the tool Keyworddit, which is a tool I explain more below.
Subreddit Research on Reddit
To find which subreddits make the most sense for your brand to be sharing content on, use RedditMetrics and Redditlist (I explain these tools more below). The other way to do subreddit research is quite simple: Google it. For example, if your company sells nail polish, Google “nail polish subreddit” to see which ones come up. You can also search for subreddits that would be tangentially related to nail polish, like fashion or accessories or style.
Curating Social Media Content with Reddit
There are many different ways to curate social media content for a brand. One very effective but under-utilized technique is to create a private “Multi-reddit”. A multi-reddit can be created by combining relevant subreddits into one. So if I was running a nail polish company, I would combine subreddits related to nail polish, fashion, accessories, style, and perhaps a few more into one multi-reddit. Then, each morning, I would check my private multi-reddit to see what content is trending the most in my space. Then I would create social media content based off those trending items. To learn more about this awesome strategy, click here.
Building Karma and Finding What Works
Reddit Karma is a form of gamification that the platform employs that allows users to gain points for posting popular links and comments. The higher your Karma, the higher your links appear when they’re initially submitted. So building up personal or company Reddit profiles is a must.
As mentioned above, it is crucial to do subreddit research to find what type of content works on the subreddits that you are interested in posting on. Some subreddits only allow comments. Others prefer images. The majority prefer links. But knowing how to posture the link correctly so as not to be overly promotional is important. Reddit users are notoriously anti-advertising/anti-marketing. So be careful here. Again, you need to analyze content that has performed well on your desired subreddit(s) to inform your own posting strategy.
Essential Reddit Tools & Resources
There are a few key tools and resources that are essential for a truly effective marketing campaign on Reddit. Below is a list of our favorites. Feel free to let us know if we missed some!
- TrackReddit.com – Social listening tool that offers real-time tracking and alerts when your phrase is mentioned.
- RedditMetrics.com – Leaderboards of the fastest growing, top, or new trending subreddits.
- RedditInsight.com – Tool that offers user tracking, post tracking, interaction data, and more.
- Reddit Submission Time – A tool that shows you when the most successful posts are submitted to each subreddit.
- Redditlist.com – Similar to RedditMetrics, but this site offers some different data as well as subscriber growth and totals by subreddits.
- How The Internet Talks – Fun tool that shows how keywords have trended on Reddit over the last decade.
- Reddit Web Scraper – Tool that allows you to scrape data from Reddit.
- Which Subreddits Send the Most Traffic – A deep dive into which subreddits send the most traffic to websites.
- Top Posts All Time – Interactive about the top Reddit posts of all time in different categories.
Also, here is a quick intro to Reddit’s new self-serve advertising platform.
Our Favorite Subreddits
Reddit is full of incredible and interesting subreddits. Below are some of our favorites.
Reddit should be an integral part of every content marketing campaign. It can be used to place content, learn about your target demographic and what they like, social media research, and more. Good luck!